The song was suggested to Streisand by record producer Richard Perry. A gospel-inflected uptempo piece; according to childhood friend Alan Merrill, Nyro originally intended the song to be performed on a slower pace. And I didn’t really want to turn my interest in Streisand’s “Stoney End” into a post on the late Laura Nyro’s music. It was also her biggest seller in four years and launched the comeback that saw her through the '70s. Where that record had redefined the role of the traditional pop singer in contemporary terms for the early '60s, Stoney End redefined Streisand as an effective pop/rock singer, which her last outing, What About Today?, had failed to do. (Streisand’s 1970 single release is the only other version of the song to chart; it went to No. (And many thanks to reader and pal Yah Shure for providing the mp3 to make the video below.
* The Blossoms, who sang backing vocals on Peggy Lipton's version, recorded the song as the B-side of their single release, "Wonderful" in 1969. Now I don’t believe I wanna see the morning, And as I listened to Streisand deliver “Stoney End,” one of Laura Nyro’s (perhaps) less cryptic songs, I wondered who played piano on the track, as the piano intro and the later piano fills are two of the things that make me like the record more than I like a lot of Streisand’s work. You might appreciate the tribute album by stage actress and cabaret singer Judy Kuhn, a lovely bouquet of song interpretations from the range of Nyro’s songbook and paradoxically named after a later Nyro composition that Judy Kuhn does not choose to include and called “SERIOUS PLAYGROUND.”, Keep on listening, writing and sharing In some of her most iconic recordings and some of her most un-disc-overed (released on CD only in Japan extended album version of her LIVE band record from her Season of Lights 1975 tour) that “Mediterranean Wail” blends so sublimely into her stronger musical imprints fron classic R&B, girl groups and doo-wop street corner singing in the NYC of her yoot. The followup album of the same title was, in its own way, as "Stoney End" is a song written by Laura Nyro and first released in February 1967 on her debut album More Than a New Discovery. Thanks for this post and your Musical Memoir (a genre somewhere between poetry, memoir and song reviews that was invented by Bay Area writer Al Young who’s done 4 volumes of Musical Memoirs). (I am not all that wild about Linda Ronstadt’s version, though. She played a game on her laptop while I read a copy of Rolling Stone as the Seventies channel on the TV provided the soundtrack. (recorded 19th October of that year), which itself drew my attention to the original, which would have meant precisely nothing to me before I encountered ‘Dám vám lék’ (‘I Give You The Cure’), so I am eternally grateful to ‘Alenka’ for having done so. ), From what I find online, the first to cover “Stoney End” were the Blossoms, an R&B backing group with a massive list of credits but perhaps best known for having Darlene Love as one of its members and for being the actual performers on a couple of Phil Spector productions that were credited to the Crystals. III, Diana Ross recorded the song during the sessions for her self-titled 1970 album, but the track didn’t see the light until 2002, when it showed up as a bonus track, and jazz singer Selena Jones laid down her take on the tune on her 1971 album, Platinum. Sharp-eared listeners will note that Love did not take the lead vocal; one of the comments at YouTube notes that in her autobiography (My Name Is Love), Love wrote, “Some of the chorus parts were too high for me, so Jean [Thomas] took the lead.”, Actress and singer Peggy Lipton – whose musical career I examined in a post last summer – recorded the tune in 1968, also for the Ode label, and one doesn’t need to have very sharp ears at all to realize that producer Lou Adler laid Lipton’s vocals over pretty much the same backing track as he’d put together for the Blossoms a year earlier. Barbra Streisand scored her second Top Ten hit in early 1971 by treating Laura Nyro's recording of her song "Stoney End" as a demo and copying it practically note for note.

I was raised on the good book Jesus Stoney End may refer to: "Stoney End" (song), a 1970 song by Laura Nyro; Stoney End (Barbra Streisand album) Stoney End (Stone Poneys album) This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Stoney End. But Streisand herself found something to identify with in songs like Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" (maybe that passage about the movie queen) and Mitchell's "I Don't Know Where I Stand." (The Texas Gal dates the artistic derailment a bit later, with the 1983 release of Yentl. And in the past few days, I’ve found nine other covers of the Nyro song, almost all of them jammed between the years 1967 – when Nyro released her version – and 1972, when Bert Kaempfert released, on his album 6 Plus 6, the only easy listening version of the tune I’ve found. Of the covers noted in those last two paragraphs, only one stands out to me: The 1968 version by Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys. Blood, Sweat & Tears scored with "And When I Die" (US #2), The 5th Dimension with "Wedding Bell Blues" (US #1) and "Blowin' Away" (US #21), and Barbra Streisand with "Stoney End" (US #6). But I really appreciate hearing it. * Stoney End was also recorded in 1968 by Peggy Lipton. List of people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards, Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born), Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.

2 on what was then called the Easy Listening chart.). It is featured at my ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ Blog at the following URL: https://girlsofthegoldeneast.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/vsechno-nejlepsi-k-narozeninam-dam-vam-lek-a-nahody/. Thanks. ), Tags: Barbra Streisand, Bert Kaempfert, Blossoms, Laura Nyro, Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys, Maynard Ferguson, Peggy Lipton. Streisand’s always seemed a bit too professional, although her label’s A&R people and the musicians the diva used on sessions were first rate. on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 10:56 am and is filed under 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, Covers, Video. There was a flourish of drums followed by a ringing piano introduction, and Barbra Streisand sang: I was born from love and my poor mother worked the mines I was a young kid in Seattle when my girlfriend wanted to see the guy who sang “Hello… Read More › Lipton’s single release of “Stoney End” was the first one to tickle the Billboard charts, bubbling under the Hot 100 at No. She dreads the future, the morning , a future ‘stoney end’ rather than the straight, righteous and narrow. and Comments (RSS). Are you aware of the cover of that by the honey-voiced Alena Tichá in the Czechoslovakia of 1972? I could assess Streisand’s work in detail, but I gave a brief assessment of my reaction to her work in a 2010 post about a drive-in movie date gone wrong, and nothing has changed my view that Streisand’s career went off the rails – artistically, at least – in 1977 with the ego-trip film A Star Is Born.

* "Stoney End" has also been performed by Linda Ronstadt, Maynard Ferguson, Judy Kuhn, and Diana Ross. The title track, written by Laura Nyro, was a major hit for Streisand. * "Stoney End" has also been performed by Linda Ronstadt, Maynard Ferguson, Judy Kuhn, and Diana Ross. Hear that music in the distance? "Mama, let me start all over," she sang, and her wish was granted. Barbra Streisand scored her second Top Ten hit in early 1971 by treating Laura Nyro's recording of her song "Stoney End" as a demo and copying it practically note for note. * "Stoney End" had previously been performed by The Chicks. You are not alone in finding Nyro’s voice problematic among friends of mine that never gave her material much of a listen, or only knew of it from other artists with radio voices covering her. It’s not an era or a genre that I’m very familiar with and you seem to know both very well. 6 on the Hot 100 and to No. The followup album of the same title was, in its own way, as surprising as Streisand's debut album eight years earlier.

121. The song reached number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1971 and became Streisand's second Top 10 hit.
(Maynard Ferguson also released an instrumental version of the tune, his coming on his self-titled 1971 album, but being a typically bold and brassy Maynard Ferguson track, one can’t classify it as easy listening. Nice article.

This song is about a ‘love child’ who is raised with strong ethical/religious convictions to deal with the shame. Would’ve liked to have heard Texas Gal respond to your characterization and some volleys between your separate takes on Laura Nyro’s work. ), Facebook pointed me to this one by Sara Bareilles, performed at Laura Nyro’s R&R HOF induction. I feel a little bit like that about Laura Nyro: I love her songs, as inscrutable as they may sometimes be, but on too many of her recordings, she sounds shrill to me, so even though I have a little of her work around, I rarely listen to it. So, with both of those versions of “Stoney End” echoing in my ears, I wondered about other versions of the song. Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart. Sorry. Having grown up with Muddle East musical and Mediterranean modalities in my ears, perhaps I had an easier glide into Nyro’s intuitive vocal terrain.

* The Stone Poneys, which featured Linda Ronstadt, recorded a moderated version of "Stoney End" for their Stone Poneys & Friends / Volume 3 album in 1968. I like it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zynFqUu9oKw. * The Stone Poneys, which featured Linda Ronstadt, recorded a moderated version of "Stoney End" for their Stone Poneys & Friends / Volume 3 album in 1968.

I see that you have uploaded the Laura Nyro-composed ‘Hands Off The Man (Flim Flam Man)’ off Barbra Streisand’s ‘Stoney End’ album at your ‘whiteray1’ YouTube account.


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